BI’s Article search uses Boolean search capabilities. If you are not familiar with these principles, here are some quick tips.
To search specifically for more than one word, put the search term in quotation marks. For example, “workers compensation”. This will limit your search to that combination of words.
To search for a combination of terms, use quotations and the & symbol. For example, “hurricane” & “loss”.
Overexertion, falls and struck-by hazards are among the costliest workplace injuries, according to Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc.’s 2020 workplace safety index released Tuesday.
Overexertion and falls from the same level have consistently been the top two causes of injuries, said the Boston-based insurer. And while the overall number of serious workplace injuries has decreased over the past 20 years, medical costs have increased above inflation, according to the report.
The index is based on 2017 injuries and illnesses that required more than five days away from work. Overexertion from handling objects accounted for nearly a quarter of all workplace injuries and cost employers $13.98 billion, according to the index. Falls on the same level accounted for 18% of injuries at a cost of $10.84 billion, and struck-by injuries from objects or equipment made up 10% of injuries, costing $6.12 billion.
The other costliest injuries in the top 10 include:
The index also looked at the most common injuries in different industry sectors. Overexertion from outside sources was the most prevalent injury in health care and social assistance (30.1%), manufacturing (20.3%), professional services (18.4%), retail (28.5%), transportation and warehousing (22.7%) and wholesale (28.2%). In construction and hospitality and leisure, falls from the same level caused 24.1% and 30.6% of injuries, respectively.
COVID-19 safety guidance has been coming from the government, associations, consultants and employee groups to help employers during the pandemic. But the guidance is mixed, experts warn, and has created a balancing act for employers trying to operate and protect their workers.